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My Journey of Conscience

What Zen “Acceptance” and “Non-Attachment” Really Are

The practices of acceptance and non-attachment are critical to Zen and Buddhist practice – but they are easily misunderstood. It can sound like we’re being asked not to care about things, or not to try to change things for the better. Fortunately, this is not what Zen means by acceptance or non-attachment, because 1) it’s [Read More...]

American Buddhist Perspective

The Arc of the Moral Universe, January 20, 2017

The local store is out of White Poster Board. Hmmm… I wonder where it all could be. The quote, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” is often attributed to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is thanks to him that the phrase has become part of [Read More...]

My Journey of Conscience

Thank God for the Vital Path Between Denial and Anxiety

Some image or event will push me over the edge into a dark, disorienting anxiety. The untimely death of a friend or loved one. A prolonged power outage that highlights how utterly dependent we are on our fragile infrastructure. A picture of one of the many floating islands of garbage in our oceans. Another article about [Read More...]

Monkey Mind

The Golden Calf: A Small Reflection on Donald J Trump’s Religion

Donald John Trump, our new president if you haven’t heard, isn’t particularly good at conveying his religious values, or, even basic knowledge of the religion he professes. He has tried to put money into a communion plate and once referred to communion as taking “my little wine” and “my little cracker.” Once, when asked what [Read More...]

Bodhisattva Road

All Training Is On The Job

I’ve learned something important since I started leading the Zen group at the Rime Center. I’ve been reading about Zen philosophy and history for a long time. Studying this subject dominates my free time. I don’t know why, but I am one to get really excited about reading a Zen text, even reading the [Read More...]

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